Packers focused on next comeback: postseason

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm •  Published: December 16, 2013

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One day after matching the greatest come-from-behind victory in their 93-year history, the Green Bay Packers' focus is on another comeback: A late-season rally that will extend their streak of consecutive postseason berths to five.

But whether they'll have quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the final two games of the regular season remains unclear.

After erasing a 23-point halftime deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 on Sunday, the Packers enter their final two games at 7-6-1.

They'll face Pittsburgh next Sunday at Lambeau Field before the regular-season finale at Chicago on Dec. 29.

Their playoff formula is simple in the three-team NFC North division race with the Bears, who are 8-6 after Sunday's victory at Cleveland, and the Detroit Lions, who are 7-7 after Monday night's loss against Baltimore: Beat the Steelers and Bears.

"To overcome the adversity that just seemed like it would not end, (have) had some calls that didn't go our way that frankly probably should have, and just to keep battling, it's something that we can draw from, it's something that we will build on," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, whose team is the only one in the NFC to have made the playoffs each of the past four seasons.

"We're about getting ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it's an excellent team victory. Can't say enough about our football team, can't say how proud I am of each and every player just to stay the course, and that's exactly what they did. ... It will definitely be a game I'll never forget."

Down 26-3 at halftime, backup quarterback Matt Flynn led the Packers to touchdowns on their first five possessions of the second half while the defense got a pair of crucial interceptions from cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams in the final three minutes.

The comeback matched a 1982 rally in which the Packers overcame a 23-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Rams 35-23.

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